Since moving to the walnut farm back in October (the start of walnut harvest), I’ve been using walnuts in just about everything. Before, the only nut milks I used were almond and coconut (and sometimes a blend of the two). I’d tried making my own almond milk before, and it worked great, but honestly didn’t have much to it, or much flavor. But now, with an abundance of walnuts on hand, it just makes sense to use some of them for walnut milk, which I can put on cereal, use in smoothies, or use to make adaptogen hot chocolate.
I have shared this recipe before, in my Dairy-Free Protein Hot Chocolate post, and the recipe will remain in that post for the time being as it is a pivotal part of that drink. However, I felt this rich, flavorful nut milk more than deserved its own post! I always have it on hand and use it just about every day.
Walnut milk is not only rich, frothy, and delicious, but it full of omega-3 fatty acids (hello, healthy fats!), plant-based protein, magnesium, and vitamin B-6. Walnuts are such a power food that I couldn’t help but make them into milk! (Find more walnut nutrition info here.)
One disclaimer: walnuts are very high in fats. Although walnuts have the highest omega-3 to omega-6 ratio of any nut (omega-3s are good for brain health and are anti-inflammatory), fats of any kind are very high in calories. I’m not one for calorie counting, but walnut milk is definitely something to be consumed in moderation, just like anything else. I often combine it with almond milk to stretch it a little further, or to get the benefits and flavor with a little less richness. That being said, this is still something I use almost every day and absolutely love. Just, in moderation!
A lot of nut milk recipes you’ll find out there, as well as store bought nut milks, have added sugar in them. To me, this is completely unnecessary. Then again, I don’t tend to drink nut milk straight. If you primarily use your nut milks in coffee drinks, smoothies, on cereal, or to make hot chocolate, you DO NOT need to sweeten your nut milk! All that’s doing it adding extra sugar to your diet, which would be much better consumed in other ways (read: cookies). For that reason, this recipe is super simple, with only four ingredients! Give it a try and enjoy any way you like!